What is implied from a persons’ name? Just by hearing the name of this vivacious young actor Blake Cooper Griffin, many of his fans begin to plan their first romantic date, and some their wedding night!
Blake is an American actor and heartthrob, famously known his roles in “Major Crimes,” “Jessie,” Necessary Roughness,” RIDE with Helen Hunt LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED. He has been grooming to be an actor almost since birth, and formally training since his college days. Blake has much to offer to the acting world; brains, talent and beautiful green eyes…
Please see the exclusive interview with the Examiner about his newest movies in the interview below:
Yolanda Gibson for byteclay.com:Who inspired you to pursue your dream of acting?
Blake Cooper Griffin: Probably my grandmother. She would take me to plays and read stories to me. We would improv little scenes together. I remember telling her when I was young that I wanted to be actor and she got such a kick out of that idea. I’ve been very lucky to have people that believed in me along the way. No one I’d ever known had pursued a career in the arts, so I drew a lot upon the belief that others had in me. I still do. I’m very grateful for that. Also— Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio. Watching their work growing up inspired me. They always find a way to transform into whatever character their playing, and they make such truthful, interesting choices.
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Examiner: Tell us about your new movies Love Is All You Need and Before You Say I Do.
B.G.: “The two movies are very different which is why I love my job so much. These projects gave me a chance to explore very different worlds and characters. Love Is All You Need is a film set on a college campus in world where gay is straight and straight is gay. Heterosexual couples are outside of the mainstream. In our story, a guy and girl named Ryan and Jude (Tyler Blackburn & Briana Evigan) fall in love and are bullied as a result. I play Bill Bradley, college football quarterback and fraternity president who has some very intense feelings about the couple’s relationship, and the story unfolds from there. It’s one of the darkest roles I’ve ever played and the most interesting. Love is a modern day Romeo & Juliet, with a twist. I guess you would say that in our incarnation, I’m Tybalt, because Love Is All You Need? takes place in a flipped reality, the film becomes a metaphor for all types of bullying and intolerance. It’s everyone’s story— everybody wants the freedom to be themselves without being persecuted. We had our world premiere last week at Cinequest Film Festival, which was headlined this year by James Franco and Rita Moreno. I’m proud to say that we won the festival’s top prize. I can’t wait for people all over the country to get to see it.”
Before You Say I Do is a romantic comedy that follows a young therapist named Jessica (Becca Tobin). I play Dr. Stephen Hower, who Jessica is in a relationship with. Things get interesting when Jessica’s ex, Mike (played by Ryan Kelley) re-enters her life. I really enjoyed working on this film. TV movies shoot in a period of weeks and so you get to know the cast and crew very quickly. It was a lot of fun to be able to play a nice guy. Stephen was a funny character to work on because he tries to quantify love. He looks at love as a math problem that can be solved. Before You Say I Do will most likely be coming out this summer, so stay tuned.
Examiner: Who is your celebrity crush?
B.G: It’s hard to choose just one. I’m definitely a big fan of the leading ladies I’ve been working with— Emily Osment, Briana Evigan, and Becca Tobin.
Examiner: What do you like to watch on t.v?
B.G: House of Cards. House of Cards. House of Cards. I also love Casual and Veep. I watch a ton of CNN as well— I’m a political junky.
Examiner: How did you get discovered? I owe the kick off of my acting career to the conservatory I attended for college— the North Carolina School of the Arts. Not only is it one of the best acting schools in the country with supportive teachers and high creative standards that help you prepare for a career as actor, the school also sets up a yearly showcase for the twenty or so actors that graduate and introduces them to agents and managers in both New York and Los Angeles. I was lucky enough to secure a great team, moved out to Los Angeles, and started auditioning.
Examiner: What motivated you to attend college?
B.G: I wanted to be a well-trained actor. That was important to me.
Examiner: What would your career be if you were not an actor? It’s hard to say.
B.G: Probably politics.
Examiner: Where did you grow up?
B.G: I grew up in South Carolina and North Carolina mostly. We moved a lot when I was young which sort of became an acting exercise. Always a new audience.
Examiner: What kind of kid were you?
B.G: Creative, curious, a bit of a perfectionist too. My mom also tells me that I was very persistent… that once I had an idea in my head, I wouldn’t let it go. I had a sort of singular focus. I think I’ve remained pretty much the same.
Examiner: Is there anything else you want to say to your fans?
B.G: Be you— that’s your gold.